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  • Kemp crushes three-run jack to beat Giants
    Matt Kemp got only one hit on Saturday but it was the only one that mattered as his three-run jack in the fourth inning carried the Braves to victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The blast plated the only runs his team would score but it was enough to win the game. Kemp has been a valuable fantasy contributor this year with a .260 batting average, 26 home runs and 84 RBI. He has yet to steal a base though. Back when he was a perennial first round pick his owners could count on him for 30-40 steals per season. Without those bags Kemp is merely a mid-round draft pick. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Harrison fills up box score in win Saturday
    Josh Harrison filled up the box score in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Brewers, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.

    Advice: Harrison also swiped a pair of bases in the ballgame. He delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning that cut the Pirates deficit to 5-4. It has been an up-and-down season for the speedy infielder, who is now slashing .273/.301/.377 with four homers, 51 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Hernan Perez homers twice in loss to Pirates
    Hernan Perez homered twice and drove home four runs on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Brewers to victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Perez got the scoring started with a three-run blast off Jameson Taillon in the first inning, and he added a solo shot off the right-hander in the third. That gave the Brewers an early 5-1 lead, though they were unable to hold onto it. Perez has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season, slashing .281/.308/.470 with 13 homers, 47 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He has come from nowhere to develop into a very capable five-category producer in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
    11:10 am vs Pit
  • Davis goes 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored
    Khris Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: The walk was more important than the hit because it came with the bases loaded to produce the Athletics' first run of the game. He scored a run in the eighth inning by sprinting home from third base on a ground ball to the first baseman. He is now batting .257/.300/.528 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 451 at-bats. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Cespedes slugs three-run homer in victory
    Yoenis Cespedes slugged a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Saturday’s blowout win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets were nursing a one-run lead before Cespedes took Jeremy Hellickson deep with a long blast that just stayed fair along the left field line. He’s hitting .355 with four homers, two doubles, and eight RBI in eight games since coming off the disabled list. The Mets’ lineup looks much more potent when he’s feeling good. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • J.D. Martinez ejected from Saturday's game
    J.D. Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the bottom of the sixth inning.

    Advice: The Tigers have had a problem with Mike Everitt's strike zone all night long. Victor Martinez, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, and hitting coach Wally Joyner have also been ejected from the game. It's safe to say that Everitt is not a popular guy in Detroit tonight. Yesterday, 6:26 pm
  • Pence (hamstring) had MRI on Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) underwent an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: Pence hasn't played since he left Thursday's game with right hamstring tightness, but it doesn't appear to be a major concern. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it's realistic he could return Tuesday, but that Pence could push to play sooner. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) out again Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Pence hasn't played since leaving Thursday's game with hamstring tightness. Gorkys Hernandez will draw the start in right field Saturday while batting eighth against Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz. The Giants are hoping Pence will return for Sunday's series finale. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Blackmon goes deep twice to power Rockies
    Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-6 and clobbered a pair of home runs as the Rockies dispatched of the Nationals 9-4 in 11 innings in Washington on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Blackmon's solo shot off of Alex Cole in the third inning opened the scoring in the contest. He then blasted a game-changing two-run homer off of Yusmeiro Petit in the 11th inning that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Blackmon finished the afternoon 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI and is now hitting .318/,378/.540 with 23 long balls, 63 RBI and 15 stolen bases on the season. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Bryce Harper tossed for arguing Saturday
    Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing balls and strikes Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Harper got his money's worth on this one. He slammed his helmet down right in front of home plate umpire Mike Winters after a called strike three in the 10th inning and was immediately tossed. Before his outburst, Harper went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double. Chris Heisey replaced him in right field. Harper will almost certainly be fined for his behavior and could even be looking at a short suspension. This was Harper's eighth career ejection and his second of the season. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia resurfaces with Padres
    Padres claimed OF Oswaldo Arcia off waivers from the Marlins.

    Advice: It's his fourth team in a span of three months. He'll draw the start in right field Saturday and bat sixth against his former team, the Marlins. Arcia has struggled to a .226 average with six homers and 19 RBI in 55 games for the Marlins, Rays and Twins. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Chris Davis homers twice in loss to Yankees
    Chris Davis belted a pair of home runs as the Orioles were crushed by the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Davis got the O's on the board with a two-run shot off of Chad Green in the third inning then added on a towering solo shot in the fifth as part of back-to-back jacks with Mark Trumbo. Davis finished the afternoon 2-for-3 and is now hitting .227/.340/.482 with 32 homers and 72 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano (shoulder) heads to 15-day DL
    Mets placed OF Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Ruggiano was lifted from Friday's game against the Phillies and evidently the team felt his injury was significant enough to keep him out for at least 15 days. T.J. Rivera, who was sent down on Friday, is headed back to the big leagues. Ruggiano has hit .333 with two homers and seven RBI across 24 at-bats this season. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Danny Valencia not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It appears to be just a day of rest for Valencia. Ryan Healy is getting the start at the hot corner while Yonder Alonso mans first base for the A's against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Jay Bruce absent from Mets lineup on Saturday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Mets starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce has dealt with a right calf cramp in recent days, but has also struggled to the tune of .160/.244/.272 in 22 games with the Mets. Alejandro De Aza will draw another start and bat sixth against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Tigers designate Alex Presley for assignment
    Tigers designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

    Advice: Presley was only with the club for a limited time as an extra bat off the bench, going 1-for-5 at the plate. There's a chance he could be scooped up off of waivers, otherwise he'll continue to provide organizational outfield depth for the Tigers. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs LAA
  • Scott Van Slyke to undergo wrist surgery
    Scott Van Slyke is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: He sustained the injury in May and there had been hope that he could rehab and return before the end of the season, but they'll opt for surgery instead. He should be fully recovered and ready to go for spring training. Yesterday, 11:22 am
    60-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll get a routine day of rest with left-hander Julio Urias on the hill for the Dodgers. Ben Zobrist is sliding over to start in right field while Javier Baez gets the start at second base and will bat eighth for the Cubs. Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Adam Jones not in Orioles lineup on Saturday
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Jones was forced to exit Friday's game due to a strained left hamstring. He is listed as available on Saturday and isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list. Julio Borbon is starting in his place in center field and batting ninth for the O's Yesterday, 8:30 am
    10:05 am @NYY
  • Orioles purchase contract of Julio Borbon
    Orioles purchased the contract of OF Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie.

    Advice: With Adam Jones sidelined with a hamstring injury, Borbon is being added once again to provide depth in the outfield, specifically another option who can handle center field defensively. The 30-year-old is just 2-for-9 in his limited time with the O's this season. Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Michael Saunders rejoins Jays lineup Saturday
    Michael Saunders (hamstring) has rejoined the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: Saunders missed the previous two contests due to tightness in his hamstring, though he's feeling much improved and is now good to go. The hard-hitting Canadian outfielder is hitting .266/.350/.500 with 21 long balls and 50 RBI in 113 games this season. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Mariners option Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma
    Mariners optioned OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Aoki has been a part-timer since returning to the M's and with the bullpen taxed in recent days, they simply needed to add a couple of relievers. Aoki should be back with the big league club once rosters expand for September. Yesterday, 7:50 am
    Not Active
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Jorge Soler goes 0-for-4
    Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 before being lifted from Friday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He also had a really ugly play in left field in which a ball that should have been caught bounced in front of him and then by him. It didn't hurt the Cubs, though, since it came with two outs and no one on and the next batter was retired. Still, Soler's glove is a problem and he's cooled off some of late after his fast start in his return from the DL. He might be a bit player down the stretch. Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Josh Reddick goes 1-for-5 in loss
    Josh Reddick went 1-for-5 and got picked off first base following his lone hit Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Reddick's first stint in the NL couldn't be going any worse. He's played in 21 games for the Dodgers without driving in a run in any of them. If he can't turn it around soon, he could start logging bench time next month, assuming that Yasiel Puig is recalled. Friday, 10:57 pm
  • Angel Pagan hits ninth homer
    Angel Pagan hit his ninth homer Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's the second-highest homer total of his career; he hit 11 in 2010. On the heels of a horrid 2015, Pagan has been a fine regular for the Giants this year. He's batting .296/.350/.440 in 365 at-bats. Friday, 10:32 pm
  • Ozuna drives in two in win over Padres
    Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Friday’s victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Ozuna got the Marlins on the board in the first inning with an RBI double and later added an RBI single in the seventh inning, which jumpstarted the team’s comeback effort. This was just Ozuna’s second multi-hit game in his last 25 games. It has been a rough month for the 25-year-old, but he has the ability to finish strong. Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Adam Jones leaves game with hamstring strain
    Adam Jones was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees due to a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: O's skipper Buck Showalter indicated afterwards that Jones is in roughly the same spot that he was in yesterday. It's a day-to-day situation and won't require a trip to the disabled list, though don't be surprised if he sits out Saturday's contest as a precautionary measure. Friday, 7:48 pm
    10:05 am @NYY
  • Bruce (calf) strikes out four times in return
    Jay Bruce (calf) went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday in his return to the lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday’s game with a right calf cramp and was forced to sit out Thursday, but he’s feeling better now. Unfortunately, he’s still mired in a miserable slump. He’s batting just .160 (13-for-81) in 22 games since being acquired by the Mets. Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Ruggiano leaves game with shoulder injury
    Justin Ruggiano was forced to leave Friday's game due to left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment just how severe the injury is or how much time the outfielder will stand to miss. Add him to the lengthy list of walking wounded that the Mets have been forced to deal with this season. Friday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Adam Jones leaves with potential re-injury
    Adam Jones was pulled from Friday's game against the Yankees after appearing to re-injure his hamstring.

    Advice: Jones left Thursday's game with cramping in his hamstring, but tested it out pregame and was deemed good to go on Friday. He appeared to re-injure it though while running to first base on in his first at-bat. Expect the O's to provide an update on his status shortly. Friday, 4:44 pm
    10:05 am @NYY
  • Pence should avoid DL, hopes to play Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) indicated feeling much better on Friday and hopes to return to the Giants lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Even if he sits out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure, he should have no problem returning on Sunday. Pence is hitting .273/.341/.422 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 74 games in what has been an injury-plagued season for the Giants' right fielder. Friday, 4:31 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) not in Giants lineup
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pence was pulled from Thursday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's unclear if the injury will require a trip back to the disabled list, or if he'll be able to manage it on a day-to-day basis. Friday, 3:31 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Saunders (hamstring) available off bench
    Michael Saunders (hamstring) said that he felt much better on Friday and would be available off of the bench.

    Advice: He's sitting out a second straight game due to hamstring tightness, but it sounds as though he could be used as a pinch-hitter and is nearing a return. Fantasy owners may want to keep him active this weekend despite missing a start on Friday. Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Jay Bruce (calf) returns to Mets' lineup Fri.
    Jay Bruce (calf) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bruce was pulled from Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday with a right calf cramp, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth versus Adam Morgan and the Phillies. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Adam Jones (hamstring) back in O's lineup
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jones exited Thursday's game with hamstring cramps, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting leadoff. Friday, 1:10 pm
    10:05 am @NYY
  • Hunter Pence injures right hamstring Thursday
    Hunter Pence said that he is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: Pence was lifted for a defensive replacement in the middle innings of Thursday's win over the Dodgers. He will be reevaluated on Friday, but a disabled list stint would be in the cards if this is any kind of a lasting injury. Thursday, 10:53 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Adam Jones leaves with hamstring cramps
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Nationals due to hamstring cramps.

    Advice: Pedro Alvarez pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. Jones said that he feels fine and expects to play Friday against the Yankees. Nolan Reimold would likely start in his place if he has to sit out the series opener. Thursday, 8:03 pm
    10:05 am @NYY
  • Van Slyke (wrist) transferred to 60-day DL
    Dodgers transferred OF Scott Van Slyke to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: That opens up a spot for Shawn Zarraga on the 40-man roster. With less than two months to go, this move effectively ends Van Slyke's season. He was hitting .225 before a right wrist injury sent him to the disabled list in early May. Thursday, 7:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Harper has two RBI, stolen base against O's
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Harper hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to push the Nationals' lead to four runs. He has officially busted out of whatever slump was plaguing him in recent months, as Thursday was his sixth multi-hit game in his last nine contests. He's now got 18 stolen bases to go with 22 home runs, 70 RBI, 68 runs and a .251/.387/.458 line. Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Michael Saunders (hamstring) out Thursday
    Michael Saunders (hamstring) is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: He's dealing with hamstring tightness. With Saunders getting the night off, Ezequiel Carrera will draw the start in right field and bat eighth against Halos starter Jered Weaver. Saunders is day-to-day. Thursday, 1:30 pm
  • Bruce (calf) not in NYM lineup Thursday night
    Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday's game with a right calf cramp after hitting a double in the top of the second inning. Alejandro De Aza is starting in his place at St. Louis. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that Bruce could be available off the bench. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Fish designate Oswaldo Arcia for assignment
    Marlins designated OF Oswaldo Arcia for assignment.

    Advice: Arcia made it just one game with the Fish, getting the boot Thursday to clear a roster spot for new outfielder Jeff Francoeur after being claimed off waivers from the Rays on Tuesday. Arcia has batted just .226/.299/.390 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 177 plate appearances this season between Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and Miami. Thursday, 12:36 pm
  • Soler (leg) returns with a 2-for-3 on Wed.
    Jorge Soler (leg) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his return to action Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler was out a handful of days after fouling a ball off his leg over the weekend. The double was his seventh of the season. He's slashing .246/.328/.440 in 65 games. Thursday, 5:43 am
  • Reddick (finger) goes 0-for-3 in return Wed.
    Josh Reddick went 0-for-3 (finger) in his return to the Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Reddick had been held out two games after jamming his right middle finger while having room service delivered at the Dodgers' team hotel in Cincinnati on Sunday. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting just .143/.211/.157 in 76 plate appearances so far with Los Angeles. Thursday, 5:40 am
  • Bruce exits due to cramp in right leg vs. STL
    Jay Bruce was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to a right calf cramp.

    Advice: Bruce cramped up on a second-inning double and was subsequently pinch-run for by Alejandro De Aza. Cramps are rarely a sign of serious injury and the Mets' midseason acquisition should be back in the lineup without issue later this week. Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Aoki doubles for lone M's extra-base hit
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Aoki's double was the Mariners' only extra-base hit against Masahiro Tanaka and company. The two-bagger was his 17th of the season. He has been on something of a doubles tear of late, swatting five in his last 10 games. The veteran outfielder shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy purposes, but his recent bat-work is nice enough in its own right. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
    Not Active
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Jay Bruce removed with injury after a double
    After hitting a double in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Bruce exited with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Bruce was replaced by a pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. He might have suffered the injury while initially running out of the box. The Mets should pass along word as to the exact reason for his exit as the game progresses. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Ozuna (family emergency) in lineup on Wed.
    Marcell Ozuna is in the Marlins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Ozuna made an early exit from Tuesday's game because of a private family emergency. He is starting in center field and batting cleanup Wednesday at home versus Kansas City right-hander Dillon Gee. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Cespedes says he does not plan to opt out
    Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

    Advice: We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Blackmon (toe) goes 1-for-5 in return Tues.
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) finished 1-for-5 with a run scored in his return to the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: He struck out in three of his five trips to the plate as the Rockies fell at Milwaukee. Blackmon had missed four straight starts because of a bruised right toe. Wednesday, 5:50 am
  • Reddick (finger) draws walk, scores run
    Josh Reddick (finger) drew a walk and scored a run as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reddick was held out of the Dodgers' starting lineup for the second straight game after jamming his right middle finger while having room service delivered in Cincinnati on Sunday. Including that walk on Tuesday night against the Giants, the 29-year-old outfielder is batting .149/.219/.164 in 73 plate appearances with Los Angeles. Maybe he can finish strong. Wednesday, 5:44 am
  • Davis launches three-run homer as A's roll
    Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and three runs scored in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Davis opened the scoring in style by swatting a three-run home run off Danny Salazar in the first inning. He also singled and walked in the contest. For the season, the 28-year-old slugger is slashing .257/.300/.530 with 33 homers and 82 RBI over 440 at-bats. He has homered four times in his last 10 games. Tuesday, 11:05 pm
  • Matt Kemp drives in three as Braves rally
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp almost single-handedly rallied the Braves back from a 4-2 deficit. He started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the advantage to 4-3, then flipped the score completely with his two-run double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The veteran outfielder has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games and is slashing .263/.296/.480 with 25 homers and 81 RBI. He has rocked at least 23 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Perez' two-run triple leads Brewers past Rox
    Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Brewers get past the Rockies 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The hit was Perez' only one in four at-bats, but it was a big one. With two outs and an 0-2 count, Perez slashed a Carlos Estevez pitch down the right field line and into the corner, plating both Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun to give the Brewers a late lead. It was just the latest noteworthy performance for the 25-year-old this year, who's hitting .282/.308/.458 with 11 homers, 43 RBI, 35 runs scored and 23 steals in 87 games played. Tuesday, 9:34 pm
    11:10 am vs Pit
  • Chris Davis slugs 30th homer as Orioles roll
    Chris Davis singled and smacked a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the Orioles' three-run third inning and then added an insurance run with a long homer in the eighth off of Yusmeiro Petit. The dinger was Crush's 30th of the season, giving him at least 30 bombs in four out of the last five campaigns. Six of those homers have come over his last seven games. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Michael Saunders swats 20th home run
    Michael Saunders ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Saunders' dinger off of reliever A.J. Achter in the eighth inning padded the Blue Jays' lead. It was just his second this month, as the 29-year-old has really scuffled this month. Saunders now has 21 bombs on the season. Tuesday, 7:20 pm
  • Ozuna leaves game due to family emergency
    Marcell Ozuna made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Royals due to a family emergency.

    Advice: Ozuna was 1-for-3 before getting taken out of the lineup in the eighth inning. There aren't any details available yet. Robert Andino entered the game to play left field with Christian Yelich shifting over to center. Tuesday, 6:32 pm
  • Josh Reddick (finger) remains sidelined Tues.
    Josh Reddick (finger) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Reddick jammed his right middle finger on Sunday night while having room service delivered and sat out Monday afternoon's series finale in Cincinnati. He was able to take batting practice on Tuesday evening, which is obviously a strong indication that the injury is not serious. Rob Segedin will start in right field and bat seventh Tuesday versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Tuesday, 5:32 pm
  • Pagan (groin) back in Giants lineup Tuesday
    Angel Pagan (groin) is back in the Giants' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pagan tweaked his groin while making a catch in the outfield Saturday against the Mets, but he escaped a serious injury. He'll start in left field and bat second on Tuesday night against righty Kenta Maeda. Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Marlins claim OF Oswaldo Arcia off waivers
    Marlins claimed OF Oswaldo Arcia off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: The Rays designated him for assignment on Friday. This will be the third team Arcia has played for in 2016. The 25-year-old hasn't hit much this year (.229 with six homers in 157 at-bats) but he'll give the Marlins some outfield depth while Giancarlo Stanton recovers from a strained groin. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • Blackmon (toe) appears as pinch-hitter
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) struck out as a pinch-hitter to end Monday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon has missed four straight starts with a bruised right toe, but that he appeared as a pinch-hitter is a sign that he's getting close to returning. He's considered day-to-day. Tuesday, 5:14 am
  • Jason Heyward hits sixth homer
    Jason Heyward hit his sixth homer of the year Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was his second homer in two months, and it gave him his first two RBI since Aug. 5. It's probably going to take more than just the one for him to regain his confidence. Monday, 10:41 pm
  • Khris Davis fans four times
    Khris Davis struck out all four times he was up in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Davis now has a career high in strikeouts (125) to go along with his highs in homers (32) and RBI (79) this season. He has just 20 walks and 18 doubles in 469 plate appearances, so he's not doing much when he isn't homering. Still, he's homering enough to make up for it. Monday, 9:57 pm
  • Valencia will be back in lineup Tuesday
    Danny Valencia will return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin.

    Advice: Valencia was fined as a result of his altercation with teammate Billy Butler over the weekend, but no suspension is expected to be levied. Butler was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list as a result of the clubhouse fight. Monday, 4:41 pm
  • Reddick got finger caught in door
    Josh Reddick said after Monday's game that he injured his right middle finger Sunday night when he got his hand caught in a door while ordering room service.

    Advice: Because his tenure with the Dodgers hasn't been rough enough already. Reddick was scratched from Monday's lineup as a result and called the injury "rock bottom." The 29-year-old is batting just .152/.211/.167 through 71 plate appearances since being acquired by the Dodgers. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return. Monday, 2:45 pm
  • Jason Heyward back in Cubs' lineup Monday
    Jason Heyward is back in the Cubs' lineup Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: The struggling Heyward was held out of the lineup for the entire weekend series at Coors Field, but he's back in there Monday and hitting sixth against Edwin Jackson. Kris Bryant will start in left field Monday while Javier Baez plays third. Monday, 2:25 pm
  • Blackmon (toe) out of lineup again Monday
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again Monday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon has now missed four straight starts with a bruised right big toe. Consider him day-to-day for now. Both David Dahl and Gerardo Parra are in the outfield again on Monday. Monday, 1:23 pm
  • Reddick scratched Monday with jammed finger
    Josh Reddick was scratched from the Dodgers' starting lineup on Monday due to a jammed middle finger on his right hand.

    Advice: Andrew Toles will start in his place against Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. Reddick has been a disappointment so far with Los Angeles, slashing .152/.211/.167 with zero homers and zero RBI in 71 plate appearances. He said he's unsure how or when he suffered the jammed finger. Monday, 7:55 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers again to lead Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes played the role of offensive hero again on Sunday, clobbering a two-run homer to lead the Mets in a 2-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets had been held without a hit through the first six innings of the ballgame until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double. Cespedes then wasted no time, blasting a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in left field. He has provided a huge spark since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pair of home runs on Saturday before Sunday's heroics. With his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, Cespedes is now hitting .293/.363/.571 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season. Aug 21, 7:39 pm
  • Harper smashes three-run homer in extras loss
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 7-6, 10-inning loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Harper crushed a three-run home run in the third inning to boost the Nationals to a 4-0 advantage, but they couldn't hold it and the Braves would eventually win the game on a Jace Peterson homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. For his part, Harper is now hitting .246/.386/.459 with 22 homers and 68 RBI across 386 at-bats. After a torrid start to the season, his numbers have cooled off dramatically into the summer. Aug 21, 3:37 pm
  • Khris Davis launches 32nd home run of '16
    Khris Davis slugged his 32nd home run of the season on Sunday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the fourth inning off White Sox starter Jose Quintana and gave the A's their only runs of the game. Davis is batting just .257 with a .299 on-base percentage, but the 28-year-old slugger is on pace for 42 home runs and 103 RBI. Aug 21, 3:19 pm
  • Jorge Soler scratched with sore leg
    Jorge Soler was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore leg.

    Advice: Soler fouled a ball off his leg during Saturday's game and is apparently still sore. Consider him day-to-day. Matt Szczur has assumed his spot in the lineup. Aug 21, 10:46 am
  • Blackmon (toe) likely out a few more days
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Saturday that he expected Charlie Blackmon (toe) to miss a couple more starts.

    Advice: He's already missed two starts with a bruised right big toe and it sounds like Blackmon probably won't be back in there until at least the middle of the week. David Dahl has started the last two games in center field, with Gerardo Parra getting the call in left. Aug 21, 7:30 am
  • Martinez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: He took a Heath Hembree offering over the left field wall in the seventh inning to bring the Tigers within one but they would ultimately fall short. The slugger missed six weeks with a broken elbow or else he might be an MVP candidate. He is batting .316/.383/.576 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI in 82 games. Aug 20, 9:57 pm
  • Valencia registers yet another multi-hit game
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Valencia's 15th of the year. The infielder now has multiple hits in each of his last six games, raising his overall line to .302/.351/.478 in 97 games. Aug 20, 7:50 pm
  • Davis crunches 29th homer on Saturday
    Chris Davis crunched his 29th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The solo blast was the only run his team could muster against Astros starter Mike Fiers. Davis finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. The game was out of hand by that point so presumably the move was made purely to give Davis a bit of extra rest. Davis has a lowly .224 batting average but the 29 home runs, 67 RBI and 78 runs scored help make up for it. Aug 20, 7:43 pm
  • Harrison stays hot with three hits vs. Fish
    Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Harrison batted leadoff in the game and delivered, getting on base three times while driving in the Pirates' only run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. The three hits extended Harrison's modest hitting streak to six games, and he's got three doubles, five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in that stretch. Harrison is now hitting .278/.306/.388 in 112 games overall. Aug 20, 7:09 pm
  • Angel Pagan (groin) could be back Tuesday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hopeful Angel Pagan (groin) will return to the lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: That means Pagan won't be in the lineup on Sunday. Pagan tweaked his groin while hauling in a line drive in the third inning Saturday against the Mets. Gregor Blanco replaced him in left field and will likely get the start there on Sunday. Aug 20, 6:34 pm
  • Cespedes homers twice in win over Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped two homers in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He also doubled and came within feet of a third home run on a deep flyout to left field. Cespedes was hampered by a quad injury earlier this month but obviously that's no longer an issue. The 30-year-old now sports an impressive .293 average with 24 HR and 62 RBI through 341 at-bats this year. For the Mets to have any chance of going back to the playoffs, Cespedes will have to carry the team on his back. Aug 20, 5:19 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon (toe) out again Saturday
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blackmon missed Friday's game with a bruised toe and will get another day off on Saturday. Rookie David Dahl will draw the start in center field and bat leadoff against Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery. Blackmon is still considered day-to-day. Aug 20, 4:11 pm
  • Angel Pagan exits with right groin tightness
    Angel Pagan left Saturday's game against the Mets with right groin tightness.

    Advice: He went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting. Gregor Blanco took over for Pagan in left field at the start of the fourth inning. Until the Giants provide an update, we'll consider him day-to-day. Aug 20, 3:28 pm
  • Slumping Reddick not in Saturday's lineup
    Josh Reddick is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Manager Dave Roberts said Reddick has been pressing lately and he wanted to give him a day to recharge. The 29-year-old has hit just .164 since joining the Dodgers at the trade deadline. Rookie Rob Segedin will hold down the fort in right field while batting fifth against Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan. Aug 20, 1:45 pm
  • Jason Heyward will sit out entire weekend
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that he plans to rest Jason Heyward for the entire weekend series against the Rockies at Coors Field.

    Advice: The Cubs face two left-handers in the three game set, so it's a good opportunity for Maddon to sit down the struggling outfielder and let him clear his head. Heyward is hitting a disappointing .225/.304/.313 with five homers, 32 RBI and a 77/42 K/BB ratio over 458 plate appearances. Aug 20, 6:07 am
  • Bruce hitless in loss to Giants
    Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Bruce had a chance to play hero in the eighth inning, but he grounded into a double play to end the threat. He’s now batting .176 (12-for-68) with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI in 17 games since joining the Mets. Aug 19, 10:25 pm
  • Cespedes singles in return from DL
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes had been out since August 3 with a nagging quad injury. He’s capable of big things if he’s feeling good, but it might be too late for the Mets, who are 5 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Aug 19, 10:24 pm
  • Reddick singles, draws walk in loss
    Josh Reddick went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Reddick is now batting .164/.227/.180 with zero homers and zero RBI through his first 66 plate appearances with the Dodgers. He has one double and nine singles out of his 10 hits with his new club. It has been a rough start for the impending free agent, but we’re expecting better things down the stretch. The plan calls for him to get a scheduled day off on Saturday to clear his head. Aug 19, 8:53 pm
  • Khris Davis slugs homer No. 31 in win
    Khris Davis went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four runs scored in Friday’s win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Davis also singled and doubled in the victory. He’s now up to 31 homers on the year. Only Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo have hit more in MLB. Aug 19, 8:05 pm
  • Charlie Blackmon scratched with toe injury
    Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch from Friday's game against the Cubs due to a bruised right big toe.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly how Blackmon sustained the injury, but it may have occurred during the lengthy rain delay before Friday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Aug 19, 7:29 pm
  • J.D. Martinez goes deep in loss to Red Sox
    J.D. Martinez clubbed a two-run homer off of Rick Porcello on Friday, accounting for all of his club's offense in an ugly loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: His two-run shot in the second inning pulled the Tigers to within two runs at 4-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Martinez also singled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. He has been stinging the ball since his return from the disabled list and is now hitting .312/.380/.558 with 16 homers and 46 RBI on the year. Aug 19, 7:00 pm
  • Mets activate Yoenis Cespedes from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's right back in the middle of the Mets lineup for Friday's contest against the Giants. He'll need to be the premier offensive presence that he was after his acquisition in the second half last season if the Mets are going to make another run at the postseason. Aug 19, 5:14 pm
  • Rays designate Oswaldo Arcia for assignment
    Rays activated OF Oswaldo Arcia from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: The 25-year-old got off to a hot start after the Rays acquired him in a trade, but he wound up batting just .259/.328/.444 over 61 plate appearances. Arcia will get another shot somewhere, but the former top prospect has certainly been a bust after a promising start to his career. Aug 19, 12:34 pm
  • Ruggiano styles grand slam in return from DL
    Justin Ruggiano crushed a grand slam in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Ruggiano was just activated from the disabled list on Thursday after sitting out several weeks due to a strained hamstring. He made sure that his return was a memorable one. Facing off against Madison Bumgarner with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, Ruggiano crushed a bomb to center for the grand slam. It put the Mets up 4-0, but that would be quickly be erased by an ineffective Jacob deGrom, as the Giants scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. While Thursday's dinger was smooth enough for Ruggiano, the veteran outfielder has seen just 10 total at-bats between the Rangers -- who released him near the end of June -- and the Mets. There is no true fantasy relevance here. Aug 18, 11:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Davis goes yard twice in win over Astros
    Chris Davis homered twice in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Astros starter Joe Musgrove allowed three homers before exiting, but Davis saved his best work for reliever James Hoyt and first baseman Tyler White -- an indication of how the night went for the Astros -- hitting solo homers off each. Davis now has 27 home runs on the year, tied with teammate Manny Machado for ninth-most in the American League. Davis also has 65 RBI and 76 runs scored to go along with a .222/.338/.456 line. Aug 18, 7:58 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) returns from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back after missing about two weeks with a strained hamstring. Ruggiano will start in center field and bat sixth Thursday against the Giants. Reliever Gabriel Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding move. Aug 18, 4:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) to be activated Thursday
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list before Thursday night's game against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets are finally getting healthy with Ruggiano returning Thursday and Yoenis Cespedes (quad) joining the fold on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will also be back at some point this weekend. Ruggiano gives the Mets some outfield depth but he's not a fantasy option. Aug 18, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Tigers add Alex Presley from AAA Toledo
    Tigers purchased the contract of OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Presley will start in left field and bat ninth for Detroit on Thursday afternoon against the visiting Red Sox. He was batting .293/.378/.398 with zero home runs in 157 plate appearances at Toledo. Aug 18, 7:17 am
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    10:10 am vs LAA
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) set to return Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is set to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Wednesday in his third and final rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. "I felt comfortable at the plate," he told reporters. "I'll be ready for Friday." Cespedes was batting .289/.362/.548 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list August 3 with a quad injury. Aug 18, 6:00 am
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